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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

I was sitting there playing when all of a sudden it happened. A week after putting in a new A string it broke.It seems that at the bridge the coiled part fo the string was being pulled.But why does this happen?
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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

That's where mine always break, I believe it's due to the tension on the floating bridge.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

OK THANX i am glad someone else has that problem and its like not some habit i need to change or get something fixed on the guitar.
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That's where mine always break too. *Nice part about it is, you can easily unwind more from the machine head (assuming you wrapped enough) and get a few string fixes out of it first.
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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

there's a ton of tension there, since that's where the string takes a turn. *It's also constantly moving there.

One thing you can do that sometimes helps a little, is take a pencil (or a q-tip wtih WD-40 on it) and rub it on the saddle where the string sits - it acts as a lubricant.

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Another thing... take a close look at the saddle to see if there are any little burrs there. I snapped E strings like crazy on my VWH for a while because of a burr. I went at it very gently with some fine sandpaper, and haven't had any problems since.

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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

Uh i am not so educated here.Burr?
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-23-2001, 12:28 PM
 
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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

i would recommend taking it to a tech. IMHO that fix has to be really precise, because that little imperfection may become a big one if you screw up. (obviously assuming you don't have a lot of experience in guitar repairing!)
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Burr, meaning a little shard of metal that has a sharp edge. That's my definition, at least! Sometimes burrs will develop under the strings in the saddle from where the string rubs against the trem's plating.

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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

Had one of these on my Les Paul....pain in the ARSE for breakage, and for tone....made the string sound like poopy
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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

Vaiworship, burr its "the string is cutting the saddle, like a thin blade".

Like bduersch take a fine sandpaper and plain the saddle.
I have had the same problem with my DBK.

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OPkay my strings break at the bridge

A reason why you really need to be careful with sandpaper is because sandpapering saddles flattens them out which results in decreased sustain and even saddle-muting which causes your strings to only produce high pitched harmonics closer to the bridge. That means you'll have to replace the saddle after that happens, but till then you may have some time left. It's more of a tear and wear thing. I just ordered 6 new saddles, but hey, the guitar's like 8 years old so I had a different problem...
You'll have to polish the saddle to be just like a normal one and not remove anything more. And that's what they have techs for, because it's definitely not as simple as on gibson tune-o-matics.
Pulling up a tremolo without the needed amount of subtlety or simply bad timing can also break any string, anytime, anywhere even with the best saddles in the universe. Then it's just putting it back on and it'll probably never happen on that string again. But those are my own statistics.
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